ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
on Thursday advised the two South Sudanese warring factions to
use the ongoing High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) as an
opportunity to end the misery of the people of South Sudan.
Meles Alem, ministry
spokesperson, while addressing the media said that South
Sudanese parties are expected to reach agreements to resolve the
on-going crisis through the HLRF.
On the basis of the
agendas endorsed at the 59th Extraordinary Session of
the IGAD Council of Ministers on Sunday, the HLRF is focusing on
ceasefire and delivery of humanitarian aid.
stressed that the international community would take all the
necessary measures if the current meeting fails to bring the two
South Sudanese warring factions toward an agreement.
Minister and the current Chairperson of IGAD (the
Intergovernmental Authority on Development), Hailemariam
Desalegn, also said during the opening session of the forum on
Monday that the two South Sudanese warring factions need to
leave their differences aside.
Desalegn, the East African bloc of IGAD will take necessary
actions if the current efforts fail.
Desalegn, who urged
South Sudanese warring parties to do their part for the peace
and stability of their country, stressed that the current
five-day forum is the last opportunity to ensure peace in South
The forum is
expected to provide a distinctive opportunity to bring IGAD,
regional and international parties together toward ending the
conflict in South Sudan with the help of stakeholders on the
According to the
Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the High-Level
Revitalization Forum “has continued with a good spirit of
solidarity and determination by all the parties to the process
stressing on the need to exploit this opportunity to end the
misery of their South Sudanese brothers and sisters.”
AU, UN, EU, Troika,
IGAD Partners Forum (IPF), China and other delegates from the
international community have recently expressed their strong
support to the revitalization process.
descended into violence in December 2013 after political dispute
between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel
chief Riek Machar led to split within the SPLA, leaving soldiers
to fight alongside ethnic lines.
The 2015 peace
agreement to end the conflict was weakened after the outbreak of
renewed fighting in July 2016 caused the SPLA-in opposition
rebel leader Machar to flee the capital.